The case is about a Florida wife who was repeatedly abused by her husband (he admitted as much at her trial) and in an effort to avert his attacks, she fired a rifle in the air as a warning to stay away from her. Long story short, her stand your ground defense was rejected by the prosecutor. She was offered a deal of 5 years on a plea or the maximum if she goes to trial and loses her case. Ms. Alexander opted to go to trial and was found guilty. I was one of tens of thousand who signed petitions on the internet for her case to be appealed to a higher court, so this is great news for all that advocated for her.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida appeals court is ordering a new trial for a woman sentenced to 20 years to prison after she fired a warning shot in a wall during a dispute with her ex-husband.
The 1st District Court of Appeal ruled that a judge did not properly instruct the jury handling the case of Marissa Alexander.
But the appeals court did also state that the judge was right to block Alexander from using the state’s “Stand Your Ground” law as a way to defend her actions.
Alexander had never been arrested before she fired a bullet at a wall one day in 2010 to scare off her husband when she felt he was threatening her.
Kevin Cobbin represented Marissa in her trial and has remained an advocate commented on the decision and stated, “It is a good day. I won’t be saying anything on camera Respecting the judicial system. Personally, we’re very excited the case will be coming back. Her attorneys will seek to have her released on bond, but nobody will celebrate until she’s home. The process still has to work through, she’s [Alexander] not done yet.”
Isaiah Rumlin with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Jacksonville Branch reacted to the news stating, “That is excellent. I’m overjoyed. I think the court made the right decision. She was overcharged, It never should have gotten as far as it did.”
Rumlin explained he was hardly able to talk upon hearing the news, adding, “This is good news. She’s going to get a new trial. I think we did the right thing in what we did as it relates to the demonstrations and all the social media that got involved and the lawyer from New York who got involved.
Alexander’s case in Jacksonville has drawn attention and criticism aimed at mandatory-minimum sentencing laws.
- Letters to Marissa Alexander // #MOW50 (shepreaches.com)
- Clemency Meeting Overshadowed By Pardon Case Not Yet Heard (wctv.tv)
- Nationwide rallies demand justice for Marissa Alexander (workers.org)
- Alexander clemency on front burner (news4jax.com)
- Let Her Out! Marissa Alexander Nationwide Rally on 9/14/13 (interoccupy.net)
- #solidarityisforwhitewomen? Calling on atheist orgs to Support Marissa Alexander (freethoughtblogs.com)